The latest player to be strongly linked with a move to Chelsea is Malaga's Venezuelan target man Salomon Rondon. According to the Daily Mail, the club apparently see Rondon as the ideal man to replace the outgoing Didier Drogba.
Rondon could be the second striker making his way to Stamford Bridge this summer. The club have also been heavily linked with Porto front-man Hulk and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic (via the Daily Mail). Whether or not these individual rumours turn out to be true, it seems inevitable that strikers will be on their way to Chelsea sooner rather than later.
As always, this will mean that Chelsea's current crop of strikers will be seeing less game time. In Romelu Lukaku's case, that wouldn't be hard. The Belgian international only started one league game for the club last season, making seven substitute appearances.
With Fernando Torres and and Daniel Sturridge both seeming to be above Lukaku in the pecking order already, it doesn't look like Lukaku will be getting much more game time soon. Due to this, it is likely that Chelsea would be receptive to sending the Belgian out on loan, and Aston Villa should pursue this option aggressively.
Lukaku himself has already discussed the possibility. Earlier this year he told the Daily Star:
I hope for a coach next year who gives chances to young players, not like last year. If he does not want to talk to me, then I'm considering a loan.
Since March 4th when Roberto Di Matteo took temporary charge of the club, Lukaku only featured twice for Chelsea, suggesting that he remains on the peripheries under the new full-time boss.
Who would be a better player for Villa next season?
New Villa manager Paul Lambert should be very aware of the possibility of signing Lukaku. The 19-year-old is exactly what the Villains need up front.
Villa have no shortage of strikers who can trouble defenders with their pace, but what was obviously lacking last season was a player with power leading the line. Lukaku is exactly that player.
At 6'3", he is a dominating presence up front and his height is matched with considerable strength. Add to this mix his impressive pace and you have the makings of an excellent all-round striker.
While he has not had the opportunity to show what he is capable of at Chelsea, his record at former club Anderlecht speaks for itself. In three years with the Belgian side, Lukaku played in 73 games, finding the net an impressive 33 times.
There may be no better striker available for Villa this transfer window. While Lambert's former charge Grant Holt had a good season last year, he lacks the pace and overall ability of Lukaku. The club should be doing everything in their power to bring him to the club.
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